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Ph.D. student earns $10K fellowship to examine urban youth, media literacy

Sethi-Jenna.jpgCurriculum and Instruction Ph.D. student Jenna Sethi was awarded a $10,000 Kappa Omicron Nu Marjorie M. Brown Fellowship to help fund her research. Sethi is examining how urban youth, who are often marginalized and oppressed by violence in their communities, address this violence by producing their own media. Her study will include interviews with filmmakers and with mural and spoken word artists.

Sethi is a student in the family, youth, and community doctoral program. She received her M.Ed. in the Youth Development Leadership program. With the encouragement of her mentor and adviser, Associate Professor Yvonne Gentzler, Ph.D., she has been able to pursue interdisciplinary interests around critical media literacy and youth studies leading to her dissertation topic. She also teaches courses in the Youth Studies department in the School of Social Work.

In addition, Sethi received a $2,000 2012-2013 CEHD Seashore Graduate Fellowship, which is awarded to a doctoral student whose research focuses on issues of broad social inquiry problems, social and cultural change, or social justice.

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